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Soliciting and Acknowledging Donations

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Posted on March 22, 2012

Small nonprofits raising money often accept credit, debit and pre-paid card (also known as payment card) payments online and in person. Nonprofits take these payments at silent auctions and other events, and almost all have DONATE NOW buttons on their websites. The way in which nonprofits accept and process these transactions can expose the nonprofits to potential liability. While trying to limit this exposure, nonprofits can’t forget about the charitable solicitation laws that apply to them.

During this one-hour webcast, our speakers will:

  • Provide a general overview of the risks and liabilities of accepting credit, debit and pre-paid card payments;
  • Describe the compliance requirements for accepting such payments;
  • Discuss the differences between accepting payments directly versus using an online payment processor;
  • Describe how a nonprofit can limit its exposure; and
  • Provide an overview of the charitable solicitation issues in accepting online donations

Presenters: Sean Christy, Sutherland

Robyn Miller, Pro Bono Partnership of Atlanta

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Posted on December 7, 2011

How does your organization deal with the value of benefits, goods or services given to a donor in exchange for a donation? This publication will teach you how to deal with this and other tricky issues involving written acknowledgements and disclosures.

Posted on December 7, 2011

The IRS now asks for more information in the revised IRS Form 990 regarding in-kind donations like clothing, cars and boats. This alert covers those reporting requirements, and the acknowledgement changes that could affect your donors.

Please note that in addition to the legal disclaimer above, this article contains information that is based, in whole or in part, on the laws of the District of Columbia. As a result, the information may not be appropriate for organizations operating outside the District of Columbia.

Posted on December 7, 2011

Does your Organization receive donations through an internet website? Here’s when, where and how you might have to register to solicit donations in different states.

Posted on March 18, 2009

Nonprofits have significant obligations to register to ask for money and to acknowledge donations when received. These rules can be traps for the wary. During this one hour webinar, our speaker helps nonprofits understand:

  • Who needs to register to solicit donations?
  • In what states do you need to register when you have a website?
  • How do you create a simple system to acknowledge donations?
  • What paperwork should be kept to verify acknowledgements?

Presenter: Robyn Miller, Staff Attorney, Pro Bono Partnership of Atlanta

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